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Patas Monkey

Patas Monkey

Patas Monkey Range Map (Africa)
Patas Monkey Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Erythrocebus patas
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location West to East Africa
Colour Brown/Grey/White
Length 60 - 88 cm (23.5 - 35 inches)
Tail 43 - 72 cm (17 - 28 inches)
Weight 10 - 13Kg (22 - 29lbs)
Life Expectancy 21 Yrs

Main Characteristics

The Patas Monkey is very tall and slender and is lightly built. Their body length is between 60 and 88 cms (23.5 - 35 inches), their tail length is between 43 and 72 cms (17 - 28 inches) and they weigh between 10 and 13 Kgs (22 - 29 lbs).

The body fur on their back is reddish brown and they are lightly coloured on their undersides. Adults have a distinctive white moustache and whiskers. Both their eyes and nostrils are situated close together and they move around on all four limbs (quadrupedally).


Patas Monkeys live in semi-deserts and dry savannah areas and they can tolerate very arid conditions.

They are ground dwelling monkeys and they live in groups of up to 12 members. The group will consist of 1 adult male and the rest will be females.


Patas Monkeys are omnivores and their diet consists of grass, seeds, fruit, insects, lizards and birds eggs.


Patas Monkeys have a gestation period of 167 days after which 1 infant will be born. They give birth between December and February and infants are black until they are about 2 months old.

When males reach 4 years old they will leave the group.


Predators of the Patas Monkey include dogs, humans, hyenas, big cats and possibly baboons.


There are four subspecies of Patas Monkey:

Erythrocebus patas baumstarki
Erythrocebus patas patas
Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus
Erythrocebus patas villiersi

Interesting Facts

The Patas Monkey is the fastest primate, reaching speeds of 55 km/hr.

Because of their speed Patas Monkeys have often been mistaken for Cheetahs whilst running.

The Patas Monkey can fit as much food in its cheeks as it can in its stomach.

Patas Monkeys are also known as:
Red Monkey
Military Monkey
Hussar Monkey
Sergeant Major Monkey
Dancing Monkey

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Green Monkey
Vervet Monkey

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